Adamsburg Community Church hosts its 6th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The dinner is free and open for all community members, and Pastor Rayford Bethune said they will also be delivering to people’s homes who cannot get out that day.
“We think everyone deserves a good meal on the actual holiday,” Bethune said. “So, they can come to the church and eat, or we can deliver. We decided when we started this to give those families that might not have family or certain things a good meal on the holiday.”
The church members and community volunteers cook the food and bring it to the church that day. Everything is homemade except for the rolls. Bethune said the church purchases those.
“We usually start planning about a month in advance, and there are usually 30 to 50 volunteers that help with the dinner the day of [the dinner],” Bethune said.
He said last year they served about 160 people, all together, including some of the local first responders that were working that day.
“The first year we had about 50, and it seems to go up about 20 to 30 people [that we serve] each year,” he said.
“It’s important because the holidays are such a struggle on people that are by themselves or those with lower income that struggle to have a good meal, and I think it’s important that the church reaches out and helps out without expecting anything in return,” Bethune said. “We don’t push them to come to our church. This is not about building our church up; it’s about getting meals to people who need them.”
Bethune said they will deliver meals for free to anyone in the Fort Payne or Lookout Mountain area. If anyone needs a meal delivered, contact Cindy Bethune at 256-254-9022.
If anyone wants to volunteer to help with the dinner or deliveries on Thanksgiving day, they can also contact Cindy Bethune.